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Academy Square refers to an historic neighborhood on the downtown Nashville side of Interstate 40, generally in the area bordered by Hermitage Avenue and 2nd Avenue.
One of the most recognizable buildings is the Howard School off 1st Avenue South, originally a vacant lot and once the home of a Farmer’s Market. The first elementary Junior School in the area was built in the 1890s, later rebuilt to incorporate both an elementary and high school and subsequently named Howard School. The structure that has housed Davidson County government offices since the 1970s was revamped starting in 2008. Various offices are also located in Lindsley Hall and the Metro Building on the Fulton Government Complex between 1st Avenue and Academy Place. Lindsley incidentally comes from the name of a president of the University of Nashville, located here in pre-Civil War days.
Another unique feature of the neighborhood is the Nashville Children’s Theatre, formed in 1931 and headquartered in a building that opened in 1960 close to Howard School.
Academy Square puts residents a short walking distance from downtown for dining, shopping and major Nashville attractions such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Rocketown, as well as the Riverfront District where events like the Fourth of July celebration take place. Within the neighborhood itself is a popular local restaurant and bar called 3rd and Lindsley that features live music every night.